Time, memory, identity, surrealism, and mental health are the fundamental elements throughout my work. At the core of my work, I explore identity in the face of trauma. Someday You’ll Be Gone is a visual narrative that explores themes of memory and identity through processing past experiences with relationships and trauma. In this short film, I examine the emotions tied to past events and confront my struggle to accept what has already happened. The monochromatic scenes document when the traumatic events occurred, whereas the overlaid scenes in vibrant red focus on the remaining feelings that still affect me. This visual contrast expresses how trauma has affected parts of my memory and identity. Incorporating a visual narrative throughout the film invites the audience to understand my past and remaining emotions tied to events and how I process them. While the narrative remains open-ended, the audience can interpret it in their own way. Keeping the narrative open allows me to distance myself from these past experiences while simultaneously processing them and being able to move forward from them. Overall, I want this short film to be a platform for survivors and a piece to help destigmatize discussing mental health. Mental illness is often described as an “invisible illness” and results in becoming heavily stigmatized. By creating a visual narrative of my experience with mental health struggles and processing past events, I hope that these topics can become less stigmatized.
The Cleanse, 2019, A short film about my personal experience about dealing with body and gender dysphoria along with wanting cleanse and "purify" myself after a traumatic event.
Dream, 2019, A short creative film that explores and displays a visual representation of abstract nightmares and dreams I have about cleansing myself and escaping from past traumatic events.
A Walk in Our Shoes
A Walk in Our Shoes, 2019, short film.
A Walk in Our Shoes is a short performance film that documents my personal experience with assault and how it has affected me alongside the documentation of a sexual assault awareness march. A variety of facts and information pertaining to sexual assault is below the march documentation that gives the viewer relevant information pertaining to the video content. Alongside the facts is my own personal narration of my experience with assault.